Meghan Markle ditched her monochrome style last night as she wore a gold ensemble for the first time ever in public.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, is known for her love of expensive designer labels and regularly wears a muted palette of neutral colours and monochromes.
However as the mother-of-two accepted a feminist award at a New York gala last night, she donned a strapless $1,850 gold Johanna Ortiz dress with scalloped pattern detailing.
It marked the first time the royal had ever worn the metallic shade in public, and appeared to mark a new era for Meghan, who is relaunching herself in the US.
In December, the Duchess claimed she ‘toned down’ her wardrobe while she living in the UK to avoid clashing with more senior members of the Royal Family.
Meghan Markle, 41, ditched her monochrome style last night as she wore a gold ensemble for the first time ever in public
As the mother-of-two accepted a feminist award at a New York gala last night, she donned a strapless $1,850 gold Johanna Ortiz dress with scalloped pattern detailing
In a 2015 interview with InStyle, Meghan revealed that the colours she gravitates towards give an insight into her mindset.
She said: ‘I think our clothes are such a reflection of how we’re feeling. If you’re in love, you’re probably going to wear things that make you feel like more romantic when you put them on.
‘Or when you’re going through a stressful time, the same can be said for wearing things that are more monochrome or darker in tone.’
Meanwhile in her £88million Netflix series, the Duchess claimed she avoided wearing colour while living in the UK.
The former Suits actress said trying to wrap her head around the ‘royal wave’ and learning how to curtsy for the Queen while being under public scrutiny was a ‘baptism of fire’ for life in the Firm.
In an effort not to step on any toes within the Royal Family, the Duchess said she also adapted her wardrobe accordingly.
She said: ‘Most of the time I was in the UK, I rarely wore colour.
‘To my understanding, you can’t ever wear the same colour as Her Majesty if there’s a group event but then you also shouldn’t be wearing the same colour as one of the other more senior members of the family.’
Last night marked the first time the royal had ever worn the metallic shade in public, and appeared to mark a new era for Meghan, who is relaunching herself in the US
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards at Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York last night
To respect this rumoured royal protocol, Meghan says she started dressing almost exclusively in shades of camel, beige and white.
She continued: ‘I wore a lot of muted tones but it was also so I could just blend in. I’m not trying to stand out here.
‘There was no version of me [that was] joining this family and trying not to do everything I could to fit in. I don’t want to embarrass the family.’
However, Meghan did still continue to wear colour on solo engagements – including her visit to a community centre in Birkenhead, where she wore a bright red coat over a purple dress.
Although it is unclear whether royal women are asked to abide by this hierarchical dress code, the Queen famously wore bright colours for public engagements.
While the Duchess has never worn gold in public before, her sister-in-law Kate Middleton has opted for the metallic tone for events in the past.
In September 2021, the Princess of Wales wore a glittering gold gown to attend the premiere of the latest James Bond film alongside King Charles, Queen Camilla and her husband Prince William.
Meghan is known for her love of neutral colours and expensive designer pieces (pictured in May 2018)
The royal family pictured arriving for a Christmas Day church service in the Sandringham estate in 2018
Left: Meghan Markle pictured in a purple dress and red coat as she arrives at a community centre in Birkenhead with Prince Harry in January 2019. Right: Meghan Markle pictured in a white off-shoulder dress as she arrived at the Ripple of Hope Awards in New York with husband Prince Harry on Tuesday
Last night was Meghan’s her first public event with husband Prince Harry since her absence at her father-in-law King Charles III ‘s Coronation in London 11 days ago, which the Duke attended alone on May 6.
In keeping with the evening’s feminist theme, Meghan chose her dress from women-owned brand Johanna Ortiz, however she opted to put her own spin on the label’s Ideal Universe Midi-Dress by opting to remove the straps that were originally included in the design to better show off her California glow.
Sticking with the golden color scheme for the evening, the Duchess accessorized her midi dress – which has a slit right up the front – with a pair of funky gold strappy ‘naked’ heels from Tom Ford.
The designer behind Meghan’s dress for the evening – Johanna Ortiz – is a Colombia-born fashion aficionado who studied Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, before ’rounding up her formal education’ in New York and Paris before returning to her home country where she established her eponymous brand.
On her website, Johanna makes clear her commitment to women’s empowerment and advocacy, writing: ‘Johanna has kept her commitment to social causes and female empowerment a cornerstone of her design and business ethos.’
The bio continues: ‘Today her vision has materialized into a successful business that employs over 450 individuals, most of whom are women heads-of-household.
‘She has crossed borders, becoming an international fashion guru known for her distinct silhouettes, unique prints, and general “joie de vivre” in every collection.
‘Johanna is inspired by her environment, from the biodiverse richness of her beloved Colombia and Latin America to the strong female spirit enshrined in the women surrounding her, her travels, and her inner spiritual world.
‘Her unbridled love of color and print, her couture knowledge of silhouette and fit, and her unabashed air of exuberant elegance have made her brand a coveted treasure for all fashion admirers.
While the Duchess has never worn gold in public before, her sister-in-law Kate Middleton has opted for the metallic tone for events in the past. In September 2021, the Princess of Wales wore a glittering gold gown to attend the premiere of the latest James Bond film
‘For twenty years, the JO brand has grown organically and sustainably, stitch by stitch, collection by collection, and most importantly, person by person. The brand has developed an exclusive design language from a foundation based on the power of the feminine and a celebration of the exquisite.’
The brand has previously been worn by a host of celebrities, including Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Mandy Moore, and Anna Faris.
Last night, Meghan borrowed the Queen’s mantra by hailing ‘daily acts of service’ as she urged women to ‘be the visionary of your own life’ while accepting a feminist award at a New York gala – in a boost to her US relaunch.
The Duchess told the crowd: ‘It’s just never too late to start. You can be the visionary of your own life.
‘You can charter a path in which what you repeat in your daily acts of service, in kindness, in advocacy, in grace and in fairness, that those become the very things that are recognised by the next wave of women, both young and old, who will also choose this moment to join the movement and make our vision for an equitable world reality.’
The California-based couple were accompanied yesterday by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
The Duchess’s relaunch – dubbed ‘Meghan 2.0’ – has already seen her speak about mental health with youngsters in Santa Barbara and dine with Hollywood stars including Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow over the past week.
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